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Arkansas Swim Beach Program

In 2007, the Marine Sanitation Program took the responsibility of administering the Arkansas Swim Beach Program, having 140 swim beach sites. This program consists of reviewing proposed site plans for new swim beaches, conducting sanitary survey inspections, and collecting initial E. coli bacterial samples at proposed sites. 

The Program also monitors all sample results submitted to the Public Health Lab and advises the State Parks Commission, Environmental Health specialists, U.S. Forest Service, both the Little Rock and Vicksburg Corps of Engineer Districts, and all private swim beaches with the status of opening or closing beaches to swimmers.

Swim Beaches

The Bacteriological Standards are as follows to comply with the recommendations of EPA:

Swim Beach E.coli levels that reach this level are usually a result of:

Closed Swim Beaches

Outdoor Bathing Places

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Arkansas Department of Health
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